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When Souls Had WingsPre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought$
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Terryl L. Givens

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195313901

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313901.001.0001

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Preexistence in the Modern Age

Preexistence in the Modern Age

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(p.277) 11 Preexistence in the Modern Age
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When Souls Had Wings
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313901.003.0012

Some contemporary theologians have called for a return to Origen. Nicholas Berdyaev advocated the idea, but the Eastern Orthodox Church strenuously resists the idea, as does the Roman Catholic Church. In philosophy, J. M. E. McTaggart among others embraces the idea. Relevance to the free will debate, rather than to theodicy, is the idea's main appeal in the twentieth century. Theosophy defends the idea, and it appears sporadically in twentieth-century literature (in Robert Frost, for example). Parascience shows the latest interest in the idea.

Keywords:   Nicholas Berdyaev, Eastern Orthodox Church, free will, Robert Frost, J. M. E. McTaggart, parascience, Theosophy

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